Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: BO-24
Corporate Name: Dekalb Tie & Lumber Company
Local Name:
Owner Name: Dekalb Tie & Lumber Company
Location: DeKalb
County: Bowie
Years in Operation: 20 years
Start Year: 1928
End Year: 1947
Decades: 1920-1929,1930-1939,1940-1949
Period of Operation: 1928 to 1947
Town: DeKalb or De Kalb
Company Town: 1
Peak Town Size: 554 in 1905, 5000 in 1928; 1023 in 1934
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Pine, gum and oak lumber, timber, and cross ties.
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Probably steam
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 40000: 1928
Capacity Comments: 40,000 feet daily cut and 25,000 daily planed in 1928
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Three circular sawmills, resaw, planing mill, edgers, trimmers, dry kilns
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: Texas & Pacific 1928: Texas & Pacific
Historicial Development: The Dekalb Tie & Lumber Company was listed as manufacturing lumber, timbers, and crossties in 1928 at DeKalb and again in 1934. M. Cooper told Vernon L. Beasley that he remembered a T. F. Keasler operating a steam-powered circular sawmill at De Kalb in the 1930s. The work, An Economic Survey of Bowie County, lists, in 1947, De Kalb Tie and Lumber Company (with more than a 100 employees manufacturing lumber and timber produces) as being active at De Kalb.
Research Date: MCJ 03-07-96
Prepared By: M Johnson